Stephanie Dickinson has lived in Iowa, Texas, Louisiana, and New York. Her stories have appeared in a variety of literary magazines and have been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading (Mariner Books, 2005) and New Stories from the South (Algonquin Books, 2008). Her novel Half Girl (2009), winner of Birmingham-Southern’s Hackney Award, is available from Spuyten Duyvil, as is her recently released novella Lust Series (2011).

Sarah Domet is the author of 90 Days to Your Novel (Writer’s Digest, 2010). Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Talking Writing, The Cincinnati Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Potomac Review, Harpur Palate, and Many Mountains Moving. She holds a PhD in comparative literature and fiction from the University of Cincinnati and currently teaches in the writing department at Georgia Southern University.

Dion Farquhar is a poet and fiction writer with recent poems in Cricket Online Review, Shampoo, The Southeast Review, and Dark Sky Magazine. Her chapbook Cleaving won first prize at Poets Corner Press in 2007, and her first poetry book Feet First was published in November 2010 by Evening Street Press.

A 2008 graduate of Western Michigan University, Greg A. Flynn currently teaches English conversation in Yokohama, Japan. In his spare time, he tries to use a camera to capture the things his words fail to convey.

Jessica Forcier is a student in the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. She received honorable mention in fiction in the 2010 AWP Intro Journals Awards. She wishes to thank Tim Parrish for his help and encouragement with this story.

Annemarie Galeucia is a PhD student in Geography/Anthropology at Louisiana State University. Her recent work appears all over the living room and bedroom floors. She likes doing things, and stuff, but never at the same time. Look her up if you want to talk about the American Dream and stereotypes of white trash.

Therése Halscheid’s poetry collections include Uncommon Geography (Carpenter Gothic Publisher, 2006), a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist, Without Home (Kells Media Group, 2003) and Pudding House Publication’s chapbook award, Greatest Hits. Her writings have appeared in many journals such as Connecticut Review, The Dos Passos Review, and Natural Bridge. She has won fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has been a visiting writer in schools in Alaska and through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA at Rutgers University, where she is working on a collection of essays of her father. Visit her website at

Rachael Hanel is a writer and university administrator in Mankato, Minnesota. Her essays have been published in several literary journals including Bellingham Review, The Truth About the Fact, and Ghoti. She has received a Jerome Travel Grant and two regional arts council grants. She has an MA in history and is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books for children.

Lauren Hilger has published poetry in Caper, Danse Macabre, Foliate Oak, Grey Sparrow Journal, Gulf Stream Magazine, Moon Milk Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Sonora Review, The Scrambler, and The Westchester Review, among others. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where she served as Managing Editor of LUMINA.

Rochelle Hurt lives in North Carolina. She was selected as the winner of Hunger Mountain’s 2011 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and the 2010 Poetry International Prize. Her recent work has also been published or is forthcoming in Versal, Cincinnati Review, and Arts & Letters.

Dionne Irving‘s work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Crab Orchard Review, and Carve Magazine. In 2009, she was awarded the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Georgia State University.

Kate Rutledge Jaffe is from the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, The Adirondack Review, Cold Mountain Review, The Tusculum Review and others, and has been awarded the Fulton Prize in Short Fiction and third place in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She also assistant edited a collection of oral histories, Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives (McSweeney’s, 2010). She’s currently an MFA candidate at the University of Montana where she’s the editor of CutBank.

Priscilla Kinter dislikes writing bios; others have completed this on her behalf. “Significant spatial displacement and occasional vocalizations give subject the appearance of life.” “Fruit forward flavors of strawberry and raspberry greet the palate, followed by a soft, lingering finish.” “Once owned the New York Mets.” “Drives men wild.” Please direct all comments and corrections to Priscilla Kinter’s bio to

David McAleavey’s most recent book is HUGE HAIKU (Chax Press, 2005). Over the past year his poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, Denver Quarterly, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Magma Poetry, and Chiron Review, and online at DMQ Review, Rougarou, Medulla Review, Ascent, Eclectica, Innisfree, Pedestal, White Whale Review, Praxilla, Waccamaw, and elsewhere. More poems are forthcoming at Stand, Epoch, diode poetry journal, Hubbub, Connecticut Review, Limestone, Poetry East, and American Letters & Commentary, among other places. He teaches literature and creative writing at George Washington University in Washington DC.

Michele Ruby writes fiction and poetry, acts, and tap dances.  As a proud Kentuckian, she also makes bourbon candy.  She has an MFA from Spalding University, and teaches courses in fiction writing, linguistics, and fairy tales at Bellarmine University.  Her work has appeared in Nimrod, The Louisville Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Adirondack Review (Fulton Prize finalist), Hayden’s Ferry Review and Rosebud, among many others.  She is poetry co-editor of the anthology Women. Period. (Spinsters Ink, 2008).  “Seuss Goose” is part of a suite of stories about people with obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Erika Seay is an MFA student at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, 32 Poems, and storySouth.

Christopher Shipman was a finalist for the 2010 Akron Poetry Prize and the 2010 Copperdome Prize.  His poems have appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Exquisite Corpse, Fine Line, Salt Hill, and The Offending Adam, among others.

A writer, artist, and performer, Jennifer Tamayo is slowly becoming a human being. Her manuscript, Red Missed Aches, Read Missed Aches, Red Mistakes, Read Mistakes was selected by Cathy Park Hong as the 2010 winner of Switchback Book’s Gatewood Prize and was published in June 2011.  JT’s art and writing have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Delirious Hem, Futurepost, Contrappostos, and Jacket2. She is the Managing Editor at Futurepoem and teaches art and poetry to students in Harlem. Check her out at

Daniel Terence Smith is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His fiction, poetry, and book reviews have been published in The Seattle Review, The Cincinnati Review, New Orleans Review, and The Laurel Review, among others.